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  1. I reiterate a point that I made earlier that, in my view, Adobe's Lightroom is not a digital asset management application but, rather, more of an image management application, in that it is primarily designed for the management (and editing) of files created in a camera. I am longing for a true digital asset management application - one that manages files regardless of their source. They may be camera RAW files, JPEGs or TIFFs but they may also be files from the likes of Affinity Designer and Publisher - offering previews of these files which Adobe Bridge doesn't do (not that I want to use Bridge... that's the whole reason I want Affinity to produce a program with similar functionality to Bridge - but better!). It should also be able to handle (and show previews for) Illustrator and InDesign files (because, like it or not, I have thousands of these files in my archives), video and audio files, HTML files, Word and Excel files and so on. In short, all types of digital assets. I do not seek nor expect it to have any sort of editing capabilities built in - it is simply a cataloguing application. If Affinity could nail this I'd dump Adobe in a flash!
  2. We just have different priorities - and I respect that (and I would also love them to create an Aperture/Lightroom replacement). The main point is, the people at Affinity are hopefully reading this and will act one way or the other (or hopefully both).
  3. I did say earlier in my post that 50% of Lightroom's (and by inference Aperture's) job was asset management but equally (and I realise I said "primary" - I should have said "equally") its purpose is also that of image editing. At the end of the day, it's a photographer's tool. I'm looking for a publisher's tool (i.e. one for graphic designers, art director and magazine/newspaper editors). And I hope Affinity will take on the challenge.
  4. Just further to my previous "rant", here's a link to what are considered to be digital assets management tools: https://www.capterra.com/sem-compare/digital-asset-management-software?gclid=CjwKCAjw3azoBRAXEiwA-_64Og1F-Mf50xw10evLTYVCwOsfCd6qlcaI-dAj7UMKIPl6tIGt26EmQhoCdgwQAvD_BwE Most of these are aimed at corporate entities and are prohibitively expensive for individuals (I know... I've looked into this before) but they clearly fall into the DAM category and you'll note Lightroom, Aperture or Capture One don't appear on the list. I'm looking for a single user, relatively inexpensive application, along the lines of Adobe Bridge but without the buggy behaviour, ongoing subscription cost and questionable product support. Please, Affinity, come to the party!
  5. I'm a little confused by this conversation. The question was "Do you need a DAM?" (i.e. a digital asset management system). Whilst I agree that 50% of Lightroom's job is the management of camera output files (primarily still images but I believe it also handles video), the other 50% of its job is image editing. The same also goes for Aperture (which has been mentioned in this trail) and possibly Capture One (though I'm not familiar with Capture One so I don't know if it has the database functionality). Because a large part of these program's functionality is image editing I don't consider them "asset managers"... the purpose of asset managers is to track digital assets and share them to stakeholders - not to modify them. And, when I say "digital assets", I mean the whole gamut of digital media... not just video and images but artwork and audio files - including the likes of PDF, EPS, AI, INDD and (importantly on an ongoing basis) Affinity files (Photo, Designer and Publisher). It should show preview images for all of the file formats it tracks so there is an immediate visual cue as to the file's contents, along with the ability to rate files and save virtual collections (I know Lightroom does that latter two functions but it is quite limited in the types of files it handles). Its primary purpose is to quickly and easily find files (digital assets) for use in other projects. Lightroom, Aperture and Capture One's primary purpose is to take raw files from a camera and process them to a final form. Yes, it's be great if Affinity produced something that does that, but I want a DAM first and foremost.
  6. I posted a comment on YouTube about this just today. Something akin to Adobe Bridge would be great! There are lot's of "photo browser" type apps around (ala ACDSee) but they are all photo based... they show previews for RAW and JPEG files but no previews of PDFs or publishing-type files - dare I say like Illustrator or InDesign or more particularly, previews of Affinity files (Publisher, Designer and Photo).
  7. Fixed! Mac App Store finally decided to show me that there were updates to Designer and Photo... I checked there several times and it didn't indicate an update was available until I checked again about 15 minutes ago. I'm happy again. (-:
  8. I did that too but my Designer and Photo are version 1.7.0 (were before - still are) and I can see no way to update them - either from within the apps themselves or in the Mac App Store.
  9. I have just purchased and installed Publisher and tried to get Studio Link to work. It doesn't and I'm guessing because I have version 1.7.0 of Designer and Photo. I thought "Simple... I'll go to the download section of Affinity's website and download the latest versions!"... except I purchased them through Apple's App Store and, upon checking there, there is no way to update... the button to download the software simply says "OPEN" (because they're already installed - albeit older versions). How to I update to version 1.7.1 (or whatever version is required to use Studio Link) without having to re-purchase the software from the Affinity store? If that's the only way, I'm going to be pretty peeved!

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